Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top Ten Beach Reads!
With the temperatures climbing for the Northern hemisphere, most of our thoughts are turning to the summertime activities, such as cookouts, lemonade, and hitting the pool or beach. Sand, sun, water and books, what a combination!
This week, Kara and Lyn share their top beach reads books for the warmer weather.
This is like Gossip Girl set in glitzy 1930s Hollywood. There are characters to root for, characters to hate, romance, and lots of drama and angst. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I am betting that one would make a good beach pick too.
It’s a well-written family saga with a romance, lots of drama, and a fresh take on politics. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Emery Lord will LOVE this book, and it’s the perfect choice to absorb yourself in while you are sunning under a beach umbrella. This is one of my favorite books so far in 2015.
Speaking of Emery Lord, her latest release is the perfect book to take with you to the beach this summer. It has an adorable romance, a topic that isn’t written about often, and some incredibly engaging writing. When Open Road Summer came out, everyone said it was the perfect girl friendship book, but it was LOADED with slut-shaming and girl hate. But this book has none of that. Take it to the beach with your girlfriends and get lost in its pages.
One of my favorite things to read on the beach are books about travel. This book has a romance, a great location, and a ton of atmosphere. It’s the perfect book to lose yourself in on a trip to the beach. Actually, many of Karina’s books would be great. Love, In English is another that comes to mind. There’s also a pretty fierce female protagonist who owns who she is in Where Sea Meets Sky.
Speaking of books about travel that are great beach reads, another great one is Wanderlove. It’s not so recent a release, but I still do think it’s one of my favorite young adult contemporaries, and it’s worth revisiting it on this blog from time to time so you don’t forget if you haven’t read it yet! In fact, part of this book actually takes place on a beach! What could be more perfect?
My favorite ocean/beach book! This novel takes place at one of my favorite vacation locations – the Texas coast line. Match that up with a wonderful storyline, beautiful illustrations, and a heartbreaking yet outstanding plot, and this book makes for an ideal day next to the water.
If you pick up any mermaid book, then make a beeline for this novel. Set on the coast, this ghost story/mermaid tale will surely have you flipping through the pages as fast as you can! Beware, though – you might be a little too creeped out to go back into the water after reading this book!
Another Texas-themed novel! Although Sachar’s revered metal-winning novel is set on the edge of a dried up lake, the pacing and the mystery will make this a great addition to your beach bag!
This pick is the heaviest novel on my list, but since it takes place in Australia, and features a few scenes next to a river, this book would keep you company on the coastline. Also, wearing sunglasses will hide the tears flowing down your face. Bring a towel and a box of tissues!
This lovely little beach bum is set in a beach house. Also, just look at that cover! Does it not just scream “TAKE ME TO THE BEACH”?! You can also use that box of tissues that you brought for Jellicoe Road as well.
What books would you like to take to the beach? Do you have a favorite genre for beach-visiting season?